This listing was ended by the seller because the item is no longer available.

More chances to get what you want Feedback on our suggestions

Picture Information

Image is loading
Image not available
Mouse over to Zoom
Click to enlarge
Have one to sell? Sell it yourself

Details about  Thomas Alva Edison 1883 Signed Patent Application For The Light Bulb - PSA/DNA

Thomas Alva Edison 1883 Signed Patent Application For The Light Bulb - PSA/DNA

Seller information

100% Positive feedback
Visit store:

Item Information

Item condition:
--not specified
US $195,000.00
Approximately C $237,168.86(including shipping)
US $161.10 (approx. C $195.94) USPS Priority Mail Express International | See details
International items may be subject to customs processing and additional charges.  help icon for Shipping - opens a layer
Item location:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Ships to:
Please allow additional time if international delivery is subject to customs processing.
International shipping and import charges paid to Pitney Bowes Inc. Learn More- opens in a new window or tab
No Returns Accepted
 | See details - opens in a new window or tab
Get the item you ordered or get your money back.
Covers your purchase price and original shipping.
eBay item number:
Seller assumes all responsibility for this listing.
Last updated on  Aug 26, 2013 21:42:58 EDT  View all revisions
Visit Store:   uniquerarities


Thomas Alva Edison 1883 Signed Patent Application For The Electric Light Bulb


Thomas Alva Edison 1883 Signed Patent Application for the Electric Light Bulb

Imagine yourself as one of Thomas Alva Edison’s closest assistants. The world-renowned inventor beckons you, and a few of your colleagues, into his darkened laboratory. You crowd with anticipation around a wooden table. All eyes focus on a small glass globe. This is the moment of truth. The air is thick with breathtaking anticipation and the constant hum of an electrical current. Edison blows out the gas lamps, turning the room to pitch black, then whispers an inaudible prayer.

Suddenly, the self-contained object begins to glow. The faces that surround you are awash in a luminescence that is completely foreign to you. Everyone stares at this mysteriously futuristic, slightly frightening little sunburst--it’s a coil on fire, it’s Electric Light! You and your colleagues smile, hoot, holler, and click your heels with exuberance. Edison’s face is as expressive as you have ever seen it. He is laughing and crying, his tears illuminated by the light of his greatest creation. This is how many of us envision that seminal moment in world history. When Thomas Alva Edison revolutionized the way people live. His patented light bulb was arguably the single greatest invention of the past 150 years. Some would contend that it was one of the most earth shattering inventions in history, even rivaling the wheel! And it’s a difficult position to dispute, considering that lights are a constant fixture in our lives. We may not ponder the miracle every time we switch one on and off, but full appreciation engulfs us whenever there’s a blackout, as we’re digging out the candles and gas lamps.

Today, the light bulb has come to represent more than simply artificial sunlight. Having transcended its original function, the light bulb is the universal symbol for creative genius--the icon, for example, that appears in the bubble above cartoon characters who have just had the epiphany idea of a lifetime. When Thomas Edison patented the light bulb, he created the archetypal definition of what it means to invent.

Presented here is the ACTUAL Patent Application for the Light Bulb. With Edison’s American Patent secured, the inventor set his sights on the world.

On August 11th, 1883 Thomas Alva Edison filed this patent application to the Governor of India.

This Original Historic document is titled “The Petition of Thomas Alva Edison of Menlo Park, New Jersey, United States of America to file under Act 15 of the Legislation Council of India” and reads as follows:

“That your Petitioner has obtained Her Majesty’s Letters Patent, dated the 29th day of December 1882 and numbered 6206 for “Improvements in incandescing conductors for electric lamps and in moulds for the carbonization of the same, and that such Letters Patent are to continue in force for fourteen years, that your Petitioner believes that the said Invention is not now and has not hitherto been publicly known or used in India. The following is a description of the Invention - The Invention relates to a flexible carbon filament for an incandescing electric lamp, formed of a number of separate continuous filaments consisting of natural vegetable fibers, secured together, and each capable of independent expansion and contraction. The Invention also relates to a mould for the carbonization of straight filaments, having a moveable block or blocks for the reception of one or both ends of the filament and allowing for the contraction during the operation. Your Petitioner therefore prays for leave to file a specification of the said Invention pursuant to the provisions of Act No 15 of 1859 of the Legislative Council of India. And your Petitioner will ever pray etc. The twenty third day of June, 1883.”

The patent application concludes with a flamboyantly bold signature in black fountain pen, “Thomas Alva Edison.” This is the first full Edison signature we have ever seen, and the fact that it is on this historic document, makes it even more remarkable.

This document is miraculously preserved and all the hand writing is darkly and clearly scripted, with the highest “10” rating. Accompanying the two page patent application is an identically dated, and similarly well-preserved letter of Edison’s intermediary in India, Arthur St. John Caruthers, which was served to verify the legitimacy of the great inventors patent.

The following is the transcript of Carruthers accompanying letter:

“I Arthur St. John Carruthers of 10 Government Place East in the Town of Calcutta Solicitor do solemnly and sincerely declare that I have been appointed by Thomas Alva Edison of Menlo Park New Jersey, United States of America an Inventor his agent for the purpose of applying for and obtaining from the Government of India an exclusive privilege or Letters Patent for ‘Improvements in incandescing conductors for electric lamps and in moulds for the carbonization of the same and I verily believe that the declaration purporting to be the to be the Declaration of the said Thomas Alva Edison annexed to the Petition was signed by him and the contents thereof are true. Dated this 11th day of August 1883.”

Due to the complicated and time consuming regulations of the U.S. Patent process, Edison actually received approval for this foreign patent before his marquee invention was secured in the United States.

For those of you hoping to see the American patent application show up on the auction block, it’s going to be a long, even eternal wait. The American patent application rest institutionalized: it will never see the light of day at any price. What we are offering here is the finest available alternative.

This patent application was kept on file in the country of India during it's 14 year enforcement where manufacturers of Edison's new invention were required to pay him and his laboratory residual fees. When the 14 year patent term expired, this document was no longer valid, and so returned to Edison's laboratory office in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

Few who worked in the offices of Edison's laboratory realized the historic importance of his expired patents as the 19th century came to a close, and so most of them were discarded, lost, or destroyed, - this most prized patent somehow survived, and after more than one hundred years of darkness, this document has been recently discovered.

This piece is displayed in a custom archival frame along with vintage photographs of Edison, a detailed plaque, a printed schematic diagram of his light bulb, and an original 1800’s magazine advertisement for his new invention: The Light Bulb!

This exquisite piece of World History is considered one of the most significant finds to be made available to the private sector. It comes complete with a Letter of Authenticity from PSA/DNA - the number one name in document authentication, and is housed along with a Letter Of Provenance in an elegant black leather slipcase with an embossed image of a light bulb on the cover, and embossed lettering on the spine that reads, “Patent Application for Electric Light Bulb” - Thomas Alva Edison - Signed”

This historical gem would easily be the center piece of most museums including the Menlo Park Museum, or the Smithsonian Museum of American History, and there’s no doubting it will illuminate even the most elite Edison collection, leaving all competition in the dark.

Framed: Yes

Measurements: Framed Measurements at 42" x 38"

 Payment Policy: Payments must be made within 3 days from date of purchase unless otherwise pre-approved.

*Only PayPal payments are accepted to confirmed addresses only unless pre-approved. 

Return Policy: The piece is sold as is, final sale. There are no refunds.

Shipping/Handling: FedEx Domestic Express $199.95

International Bidders, calculated Rates on eBay are inaccurate. Please email first for a shipping quote. 

Please make sure all questions you may have about this item is asked BEFORE placing a bid. We will get back to you within 24 hours Monday - Friday. Please allow 1-2 days response on Saturday and Sunday.


Questions and answers about this item

No questions or answers have been posted about this item.

Seller assumes all responsibility for this listing.

Shipping and handling

Item location: Los Angeles, California, United States
Shipping to: Worldwide
Domestic handling time
Will usually ship within 3 business days of receiving cleared payment - opens in a new window or tab.

Return policy

Return policy details
The seller will not accept returns for this item.

Payment details

Payment method Preferred/Accepted  
Credit card or Pre-authorized Debit through PayPal
PayPal Preferred
time left
Current bid amount
Shipping amount
Bid Count
time left
current bid
Current bid amount Approximately:
Shipping amount Approximately:
Import charges:
Import charges:
(estimated and based on max bid)
Your bid amount


Your current max bid:
Increase your chances of winning by setting a higher bid now.
Let eBay place automatic bids for you  This opens a help overlay dialogue about automatic bidding.
How does automatic bidding work?
As other bids come in, eBay will automatically raise your bid in small amounts, up to your limit. Learn More. - opens in a new window or tab
Close button. This closes the help overlay dialogue.
, up to
By submitting your bid, you'll be committing to buy this item from the seller if you are the winning bidder.
By submitting your bid, you are committing to buy this item from the seller if you are the winning bidder. You have read and agree to the Global Shipping Program terms and conditions - opens in a new window or tab. Import charges previously quoted are subject to change if you increase you maximum bid amount.
By clicking Confirm, you commit to buy this item from the seller if you are the winning bidder.
By clicking Confirm, you are committing to buy this item from the seller if you are the winning bidder and have read and agree to the Global Shipping Program terms and conditions - opens in a new window or tab. Import charges previously quoted are subject to change if you increase your maximum bid amount.
Tell us what you think 
We've made a few changes to bidding.
Were these helpful?
Bid layer is updating the contents.
Resume bidding, if the page does not update immediately.
FREE shipping
See item description
+ See item description for shipping
(Enter ##1## or more)
(Enter more than ##1##)
Your max bid:
You've been outbid. Don't let it get away - place another bid.
You've been outbid by an automatic bid placed earlier by another bidder.
You're the highest bidder on this item!
You're the first bidder on this item!
You're the highest bidder on this item, but you're close to being outbid.
This auction is almost over and you're currently the high bidder.
You're the high bidder on this item, but the reserve price hasn't been met yet.
You've been outbid by someone else.
You can still win! Try bidding again.
You've been outbid by someone else's max bid.
You can still win! Try bidding again.
Your bid wasn't accepted because it's the same as someone else's bid.
Try raising your max bid.
You're the highest bidder!
To increase your chances of winning, try raising your bid.
You're the first bidder. Good Luck!
You're still the highest bidder!
You increased your max bid to
Please enter your bid again.
Enter a valid amount for your bid.
Enter a bid that is the minimum bid amount or higher.
You have to bid at least
Sorry, you can't lower your maximum bid once it's placed.
This seller requires the buyer to have a PayPal account to purchase this item. Get a PayPal account here .
Your bid is the same as or more than the Buy It Now price. You can save time and money by buying it now.
Place bid
Review and confirm your bid
Bid confirmation
Increase max bid
Enter a custom max bid more than ##2##
Enter a custom max bid of ##2## or more
+ ##2## approximate import charges
##2## (approximately)
Please enter a higher amount than the current bid.
+ ##2## for shipping
Bid ##3## now
Bid ##3##
Time left:
Current bid:
(approximately ##1##)
Your maximum bid:
(approximately ##1##)
Increase your maximum bid:
By clicking 1 Click Bid, you commit to buy this item from the seller if you're the winning bidder. Learn moreabout 1-click bid - opens in a new window or tab
(approximately ##1##)
Winning bid:
Starting bid:
Congrats! The auction has ended and you're the winner.
The auction has ended, but the reserve price was not met.
Sorry, the auction has ended and you were outbid.
Good news, you're the high bidder.
Sorry, you've been outbid.
You're the high bidder, but the reserve price is not met.
Please enter a higher amount than the current bid.
Maximum bids cannot be lowered once submitted.
Please enter a valid number.